Brexit: Irish Minister Michael Creed calls on the UK Government to present 'political solution' to border issue

Irish Minister calls on the UK Government to present 'political solution' to border issue

Michael Creed, the Irish Agriculture Minister, made the comments in a BBC interview

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ireland has made a new warning to the UK Government in relation to the Irish border.

Michael Creed, the Irish Agriculture Minister, said the UK needed to find a “political solution” to definitively ensure the hard border between the Republic and the north would not return.

In an appearance on Newsnight, Creed said a workable solution from the UK had yet to appear.

While there are reports of movement over the issue, the border with the Republic of Ireland remains a key issue in the Brexit negotiations, with the EU unwilling to discuss trade until a practical solution has been agreed in the first phase of talks.

The Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has not commented on a report in The Times that British negotiators are proposing a devolution of power to allow “customs convergence” for the Republic of Ireland and the North in areas like energy or agriculture.

Theresa May continues to push for EU leaders to green-light the discussions for talks on trade at a key EU summit in December as the discussions continue.